Jan 27, 2012

A lot is being made about April Justin's, mother of football player Landon Collins, reaction to her son's selection of Alabama as his school of choice. As soon as her son made his choice, his mother shook her head and proceeded to tell ESPN that she disagreed with his choice because she felt the coach of Alabama, Nick Saban, disrespected her.

How did he disrespect her you ask. Well, she felt disrespected because she felt that Saban was very stereotypically when it came to the recruiting of her son. She was more interested in him discussing her son's academic future as well as how he would fit in on the campus, but yet when he (Saban) visited her home he only talked about the possibility of a future NFL career. Ms. Justin found such talk to be very stereotypical.

In the end, those concerns about the Alabama program didn't affect Landon Collins, who gave off the sense that he had been in awe of the program since taking in the Crimson Tide-Florida game in Tuscaloosa during his junior season. Sensing his son's inclination, Collins' father -- who has long been separated from April Justin -- continued to encourage him to go with his instincts. [source]

Now there are a lot of people on the internet who are criticizing April Justin for her behavior. Many people say she upstaged her son and she should just be happy that he's going to college. But as a mother, isn't she entitled to her opinion as to what school her son goes to? Did she go about it right? Probably not. But does she have a point when it comes to the recruitment of black players? Maybe so.

We always complain about the fact that no one is really taking an interest in academics when it comes these young athletic recruits. When a parent does show interest, she/he gets crucified. Is it because of the way she went about it, or is it the fact that she had the audacity to be vocal about her dissatisifaction?

Tell me what you think.


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